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The Cadre Ideal: Origins and Development of a Political Cult

Psychological Manipulation and Society: cults, cult groups, new religious movements

Cultic Studies Journal
Psychological Manipulation and Society
Vol. 9, No. 1, 1992

The Cadre Ideal: Origins and Development of a Political Cult

Janja Lalich
Alameda, California

A little-explored sector of the cult world is the political cult. Those who join such cults are usually seeking to change society in some fundamental way -- right or left -- and are thereby willing to make great sacrifices to attain their lofty goals. This idealistic commitment is abused by political cult leaders who skillfully exploit the members' desire to serve. This paper, adapted from a work-in-progress, dissects the founding and development of a now defunct political cult. The article shows how thought reform was achieved through the group's indoctrination and training methods, carried out under the pretense of "working for the greater good," and details specific manipulative techniques that served to create and uphold a cultic environment and a harsh and exclusionary life-style.

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